About Women Texas Film Festival

August 15-18, 2019, Dallas is again going to see what women are really made of. During Women Texas Film Festival’s four-day event, we will showcase the range and depth of female-driven visual stories. Established and emerging female filmmakers will show that girls aren’t just made of sugar and spice. They’ve got some grit and gasoline, too. The historic Texas Theatre is our exclusive location for all 2019 screenings.

WTxFF screens qualified films that have women in at least one key creative role: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer.

The festival also hosts Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, exclusive parties, and a gala night with filmmaker red carpet.

Women Texas Film Festival


Kim Cousin

Executive Director

Justina Walford

Kim Cousin was with Wells Fargo for almost 20 years holding titles during that span of Manager of Corporate Recruiting, Director of California Local Government Relations, and Strategic Planning Manager for the Wells Fargo Government Relations Department. In that role she was responsible for leading the departmental effort to increase team member civic engagement activities, managing the Wells Fargo Employee Political Action Committee (PAC) membership drive, and overseeing government relations communications efforts with team members. In her final role at Wells Fargo, Cousin was a Senior Vice-President who led the Office of the President, for the Auto Dealer Services Group. In that role, she led large operations teams charged with providing resolutions to escalated customer complaints received from regulators, attorneys and directly from customers. Cousin also served several years as the Chair of the Wells Fargo Dallas-Ft. Worth Black/African-American Connection Team Member Network.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Cousin held roles at the Monsanto Corporation, St. Louis 2004 Not-for-Profit, the City of Minneapolis, MN, and the Minnesota House of Representatives, and the City of Oklahoma City. Cousin has also served on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, the local PTA and is a proud supporter of Hope Park. Kim has been a public speaker at women’s networking events across the DFW market. Since 1987, Kim has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated – a public service sorority.


Artistic Director

Justina Walford



Justina is a critically acclaimed writer, producer, and performer of screen, stage and print. Walford was formerly the A.D. of Split.Id Stage Performances in Hollywood. During that time, she produced a dozen full-length productions and countless one-night shows, many of which were her original work. Justina left Los Angeles for New York City and began creating with husband John Wildman, including writing and producing the horror thriller, The LADIES OF THE HOUSE, shot in Dallas. A past board member for Sunday Assembly NYC and Women in Film Dallas and current board member of the Asian Film Festival Dallas, Walford has built a reputation for bringing people together.

Melinda Guravich

Marketing Director 

Daphne Street



Melinda Guravich’s expertise is creating and implementing tightly-integrated marketing strategies, building marketing departments from scratch and helping U.S. companies go global. Her career includes a decade in global marketing at Mary Kay Inc., creating marketing departments for a social impact tech company and for the Dallas Foundation, and consulting. While earning an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, she interned at Cairo Today magazine in Egypt. Melinda’s had a lifelong passion for learning about other cultures and connecting people across borders and is fascinated with the power of film to tell stories around the world.

John Wildman

Publicist & Festival Consultant

John Wildman
John Wildman is a multi-faceted presence in the film and film festival world, known for his work as a film and film festival publicist, consultant, filmmaker, journalist, and critic. Wildman was the Senior Publicist for The Film Society of Lincoln Center, FSLC’s New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and the Chaplin Award Gala, among many film festivals, series and events at Lincoln Center, the Director of Press and Public Relations for the American Film Institute, as well as the three film festivals under their umbrella at that time (AFI FEST/AFI DALLAS/Silverdocs), and the AFI Life Achievement Award, as well as a host of other film festivals and events across the country.

Currently, Wildman is the Head of PR for the DALLAS International Film Festival, Tallgrass International Film Festival, Oxford FF, Oak Cliff FF, and Sidewalk FF. He is a host on The Daily Buzz NPR broadcast reporting from Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes, and writes a column for Festworks.com entitled “Films Gone Wild.” Wildman was formerly a contributor to Film Comment.com and Film Threat, as well as several publications prior to that, including Movie City News and Moving Pictures Magazine.com. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE was released to critical acclaim in 2015.

Lisa Normand

Development Director

Lisa Normand



Lisa is a film producer and attorney, who has worked on several feature, short and commercial projects. Before transitioning into film production, Lisa was a senior attorney at a global law firm representing Fortune 100 companies and emerging businesses alike in all aspects of trademark and copyright law. But it was her time working as a paralegal at Human Rights Initiative, where she helped asylum seekers and immigrant victims of domestic violence, that fostered her commitment to public service and community, which she carries forward as she continues to support both the immigrant and arts communities.

Audrey Palmer

Board Treasurer

Audrey Palmer


Audrey is currently pursuing her MBA at SMU Cox School of Business, collaborating with colleagues on multiple projects in the DFW area. She works as a Retirement Plan Consultant at Milliman, Inc., enjoying the major aspects of consulting and client delivery including relationship management and the craft of explaining technical concepts in an approachable manner.

She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Professional Leadership Program Alumni Network. Her favorite filmmakers include Kathryn Bigelow, Errol Morris, and Michel Gondry.

Stacy Thiele

Board Member

Audrey Palmer

With over 20 years of video, film and media experience, Stacy Thiele has a way of making things happen. She ascended to the thrones of executive management at AMS Pictures where she was responsible for leading, managing, and mentoring creative and technical team members. She managed to lead the company to be an industry leader in the DFW market with large growth areas in overall company revenue and profits. With a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Iowa State University and minors in German and History, Stacy also received her Associates of Applied Science, Video Production from the Art Institute of Dallas. Since leaving her top leadership position with AMS Pictures, Stacy has focused and refined her business skills as a Strategy and Operations Business Consultant.


Board President

Justina Walford


As a writer, speaker, and conversation starter, Erin understands how storytelling can start a powerful domino effect. She is the Executive Producer of WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES, an award-winning documentary that tells the story of Wonder Woman’s creation, explores her enduring popularity, and examines how the portrayal of female action heroes in mass media has shifted from decade to decade, depending on developments in broader American society. The film also encourages girls and women to be the creators of their own media. 

Erin is also the founder of Girls That Create, a resource for the caregivers of creative girls. The site offers posts for developing creative thinking, boosting confidence, growing skill sets and constructing beneficial environments. In many ways it’s like a STEM resource site, but for the arts.